From the best caprese salads to a classic caprese sandwich, this list of 20 favorite tomato, mozzarella, and basil themed recipes will have you going crazy for caprese.
Caprese might as well be the culinary queen of summer. With a heavenly combo of perfectly ripe, juicy in-season tomatoes, fresh basil, creamy buffalo mozzarella, and the best fruity olive oil your wallet can afford, it just doesn’t get much better. Caprese is proof there’s not much you can’t do with a few basic, quality ingredients.
Whether enjoyed alone as a preamble salad, or served as a potluck side dish that will be the first to disappear, a classic caprese is pure love on a plate, in a bowl, or on a platter. But take those classically fresh Italian ingredients and add a dose of inspiration and you have so much more: a topper for chicken, or spritzing up toasts, or making breakfast eggs even more of the best way to start your day. These 20 caprese recipes celebrate easy, breezy summertime. Get them before the getting’s gone, it’s time to get your caprese on.
The best caprese salad shows off summer’s finest with creamy mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes topped with fresh leafy basil and fruity olive oil. Serve the salads individually or turn this simple Italian staple into a party by creating a DIY caprese salad bar where everyone can help themselves.
Whether you take the fancier route and name them crostini, or keep it real and call them toasts, these Italian crostini caprese appetizer bites with roasted tomatoes, prosciutto, and melted mozzarella cheese on sliced baguette are so easy to whip up everyone will be calling for more.
Grilled rosemary bread is a delicious base for this grilled chicken caprese sandwich. It features fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, farmer’s market tomatoes, and a balsamic reduction for a classic flavor combination you just can’t beat.
Healthy breakfast sandwiches you can make fast at home can be the saving grace when you don’t have time to eat at the start of your day.
The sweetness from just-picked garden tomatoes is hard to find year round, so I roast my tomatoes on a foil-lined sheet pan to give them an irresistible candied flavor in this summery caprese salad.
This caprese flatbread recipe is an easy way to take advantage of the best of the season’s fresh tomatoes, basil, and of course mozzarella, making it the perfect appetizer bite or as an easy vegetarian dinner.
Dress up the traditional Italian caprese salad recipe with fresh, peppery arugula and creamy avocado for more great flavors and textures.
Laying all your favorite caprese salad ingredients—like burrata cheese, marinated mozzarella balls, tomatoes, and fresh stone fruit—out on a platter instead of layered in a bowl makes this self-serve salad or appetizer the easiest way to choose all your favorite bites.
If there’s one pasta salad you’ll be making on repeat all summer long, it’s this caprese pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. It’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s cravingly good.
Healthy spirals of fresh zucchini add great fiber and help beef up the traditional caprese salad, for more heft and health.
This fresh and easy pasta salad combines the fresh flavors of strawberries, mint, and basil with a simply sweetened balsamic dressing for a pasta spin on the classic caprese.
Juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fragrant basil leaves drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze make this classic caprese sandwich THE BEST Italian deli favorite you can make at home.
This easy caprese pasta salad recipe steeps cherry tomatoes in a garlic-infused oil that becomes the dressing over any type of pasta with sliced mozzarella, capers, lemon, and basil making it a healthy potluck recipe that’s perfectly ripe for brunch, lunch, or a dinner everyone will love.
Everyone’s favorite caprese salad with tomatoes, basil and creamy burrata cheese gets a protein boost thanks to the addition of healthy quinoa.
Creamy, dreamy burrata subs in for traditional buffalo mozzarella in this delicious twist on the classic caprese salad, for a light and easy summer appetizer or side to any dish.
These homemade egg, ham, and caprese flavored breakfast cups only take 2 minutes to cook in the microwave and are perfect for busy mornings.
With store-bought pesto, cherry tomatoes, leafy basil, and thick sliced fresh mozzarella, you can make this chicken caprese, skillet dinner in under 30 minutes.
Simple and summery, this tomato caprese appetizer is served in a baked and shaped salty parmesan bowl of its own for easy finger food.
Cottage cheese subs in for mozzarella in this healthy and simple avocado toast that’s perfect for a favorite breakfast, lunch and snack, plus 10 more toasts to try.
Sweet balls of cantaloupe sub for tomatoes and pair nicely with salty shaved prosciutto in this simple twist on the classic caprese salad.
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20 Caprese Recipes You'll Go Crazy For | Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad
- 2 balls fresh burrata cheese
- 4-6 heirloom tomatoes , sliced
- handful of fresh basil leaves
- extra-virgin olive oil , (the fruitier the better)
- good quality balsamic vinegar
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Arrange the tomatoes on a platter around the burrata cheese balls. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves then drizzle with a healthy pour of extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Serve at room temperature.
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